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The Cuts Are Coming! The Cuts Are Coming!

Today is the day that the beloved Purple have to cut their roster down to 53 players.  After the final cuts are completed today, the practice squad will be pieced together on Sunday.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, several veterans have already been told that they're getting a visit from the Turk today.

The Vikings severed ties with running back Ciatrick Fason and wide receiver Billy McMullen on Friday as they began paring their roster to the regular-season limit of 53. The team informed 11 players they would be cut, meaning another 11 must be let go before today's 5 p.m. deadline.

The Vikings hadn't submitted their moves to the NFL by the close of business Friday, meaning the players names did not hit the league wire. However, club officials spent part of the morning alerting them about their decisions before holding a team picnic.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, those who got the bad news included safety Patrick Body; offensive linemen Kyle Cook, Norm Katnik and Jimmy Martin; defensive tackle Howard Green; linebacker George Hall; receiver Cortez Hankton; and tight ends Richard Owens and Stephen Spach.

So Childress had the guts to cut McMullen after all. . .I'm actually quite surprised by that.  I figured he'd stick around, but I'm quite happy that he isn't.  He really doesn't bring a whole heck of a lot.  I also assume this opens the door for Martin Nance to make the roster as the #6 receiver.

I'm pretty sure that Fason and Pinner were fighting for one roster spot this pre-season, and apparently Pinner won.  The article DOES go on to say that the Vikings might spend some time today gauging the trade value of Pinner and/or Mewelde Moore as well.  If either of them gets dealt, I assume that Fason will be brought back.

Rick Spielman has also, apparently, said that the Vikings would be active on the waiver wire after the final cuts in order to shore up the roster a bit.  Not sure who or what they'll be looking for, but it's nice to see that they're going to try to improve, at least.